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Astronauts land safely after Soyuz launch fails at 20 miles up

A fault in a Soyuz rocket booster has resulted in an aborted crew mission to the International Space Station, but fortunately no loss of life. The astronauts in the capsule, Nick Hague (US) and Alexey Ovchinin (Russia) successfully detached upon recognizing t

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Republicans squash bill to pay for Vietnam vets' health care ... say they're worried about deficit

In June, the House voted 382-0 to pass the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act, which would extend veterans’ benefits to the numerous men who served off the coast of Vietnam during the war. Many of these men have had to spend a considerable part of thei
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Republicans squash bill to pay for Vietnam vets' health care ... say they're worried about deficit

In June, the House voted 382-0 to pass the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act, which would extend veterans’ benefits to the numerous men who served off the coast of Vietnam during the war. Many of these men have had to spend a considerable part of their lives trying to prove that they were exposed to Agent Orange, leading to some, if not most, of their health problems. Since June, the act has been stuck in the Republican-led Senate. Last Monday, Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (NY) attempted to get the unanimous consent of the Senate to pass the bill. If the Senate can get unanimous consent on a bill, it can move through approval considerably quicker, and this bill is a seeming no-brainer for Democrats and Republicans. There are no “poison pills” attached to the act, no secret money for food assistance (giving to people who need it money for food is something that can really scare off Republican legislators). The only drawback to asking for a unanimous approval on the Senate floor is that the moment a single senator opposes the bill, the entire unanimous consent enterprise is scuttled. Of course, who would object to extending healthcare benefits to Vietnam veterans? Like, for real? Who? According to the Stars and Stripes, that would be Senator Mike Enzi (WY-R), chairman of the Senate Budget Committee. “On this bill, many of us have been made aware of the potential cost growth and the budgetary and operational pressures that would happen at the VA,” he said. “They’re having a lot of problems, anyway.” He seems to be referring to the problems Trump’s VA has had doing anything right. Of course, Enzi also voted for the deficit-exploding Republican tax cuts for the wealthy. “There’s clearly more work to do just on figuring out the spending and administration of this and the deficit impacts this bill will have,” Enzi said on the Senate floor. Yup. The man that ignored the enormous deficit cost estimates the CBO calculated for his tax cuts is suddenly worried about how much paying for care for veterans with terminal illnesses—the result of them going to war for our country. According to the Stars and Stripes, Utah’s Republican Senator Mike Lee, a man who is so full of manure he could cultivate thousands of acres of soil, said he was waiting on “science,” specifically a study Republicans asked for, after conservative elements in the VA argued that there wasn’t conclusive evidence that these veterans had imbibed the Agent Orange by way of water distillation plants aboard the carriers they rode during the war.

Senate GOP 'leadership: 'Not aware' of any plan to avoid shutdown but 'think it will all work out'

The Republican-led lame-duck House is still out until tomorrow afternoon, and Speaker Paul Ryan seems to be more interested in polishing the turd of his «legacy» than actually doing anything to avert a government shutdown. Individual 1 is melting
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Senate GOP 'leadership: 'Not aware' of any plan to avoid shutdown but 'think it will all work out'

The Republican-led lame-duck House is still out until tomorrow afternoon, and Speaker Paul Ryan seems to be more interested in polishing the turd of his «legacy» than actually doing anything to avert a government shutdown. Individual 1 is melting down on Twitter over the WITCH HUNT, occasionally throwing in a WALL, and the Senate, well, here's the number 2 guy Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) with NBC reporter Marianna Sotomayor. Q: Are we avoiding a shutdown? CORNYN: No... I take that back. If there is, I’m not aware of it. Q: Is there a sense of where the president wants to go? CORNYN: No. Q: Why not? CORNYN: He hasn’t told us. Q: What are the chances of a shutdown at this point? CORNYN: I think it will all work out, but I don’t know of any specific plan yet. Q: Short term [continuing resolution]? CORNYN: Well, I’ve heard that mentioned, but I don’t think the president will accept that. So he would have to sign it or it would have to be passed over his veto. Q: You don’t know what the president wants? CORNYN: Well, he wants a wall. «I think it will all work out, but I don't know of any specific plan yet» should be the new GOP motto. Helluva way to run a government. Just wing it.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg welcomes new U.S. citizens: 'We are a nation made strong by people like you'

For the second time this year, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg addressed a naturalization ceremony, where the “daughter and granddaughter of immigrants” told dozens of new U.S. citizens that “we are a nation made strong by people like you, p
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Ruth Bader Ginsburg welcomes new U.S. citizens: 'We are a nation made strong by people like you'

For the second time this year, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg addressed a naturalization ceremony, where the “daughter and granddaughter of immigrants” told dozens of new U.S. citizens that “we are a nation made strong by people like you, people who traveled long distances, overcame great obstacles and made tremendous sacrifices, all to provide a better life for themselves and their families.” The justice addressed 31 immigrants from 26 different countries in the darkened rotunda of the National Archives in Washington, “which is dimly lit to protect the fragile documents including the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence.” There she shared her family’s own immigration story. My own father arrived in this land at age 13 with no fortune and speaking no English. My mother was born four months after her parents—with several children in tow—came by ship to Ellis Island. My father and my grandparents reached, as you do, for the American dream. What is the difference between a bookkeeper in New York City's Garment District and a Supreme Court Justice? One generation. In April, she presided over a naturalization ceremony for more than 200 immigrants from nearly 60 countries—and it was all her idea. The justice had read an article about the New-York Historical Society’s Citizenship Project, which “offers free classes to green card holders who are studying for the naturalization test, involving art, documents and artifacts at the museum.” It was already a special day for the dozens of new Americans, and Ginsburg’s appearance made it all the more special. “Yusif Abubakari, 42, born in Ghana, was struck by Justice Ginsburg’s ‘humbleness,’ he said,” the New York Times reported. “‘She is supposed to be at home but she came because of me, because of us, and that made me feel so special today,’ Mr. Abubakari said, adding, ‘May God bless her and give her more life and prosperity.’”

Michael Flynn gets a 'good luck' from Trump as he heads to court for sentencing

On Tuesday, former national security advisor Michael Flynn appears in federal district court to be sentenced on charges of lying to FBI investigators. The special counsel’s office has recommend that Flynn receive a sentence at the low end available on the c
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Michael Flynn gets a 'good luck' from Trump as he heads to court for sentencing

On Tuesday, former national security advisor Michael Flynn appears in federal district court to be sentenced on charges of lying to FBI investigators. The special counsel’s office has recommend that Flynn receive a sentence at the low end available on the charge—which would likely mean no jail time and a relatively brief period of probation—however, that recommendation has been somewhat compromised by claims from Flynn’s legal team claiming that their client was walked into a “perjury trap.”  Donald Trump started off his morning going all in on the fantasy that lost test messages between FBI agent Peter Strzok and “the lovely Lisa Page” would have “explained the whole hoax” behind “the witch hunt.” Then Trump got around to giving Michael Flynn a cheery “Good luck today in court.” Despite the fact that Flynn has carried out at least 19 interviews, and given Robert Mueller enough redacted information to burn though a box of toner, Trump doesn’t seem to think the general is “weak” like Michael Cohen. Trump: Will be interesting to see what he has to say, despite tremendous pressure being put on him, about Russian Collusion in our great and, obviously, highly successful political campaign. Except, of course, Trump has—or should have, unless acting attorney general Matthew Whitaker has been doing some digging—no idea what Flynn has said to the special counsel. Still, we know there was “collusion” because that much was left un-redacted. What was visible in the sentencing documents concerned Flynn’s own coordination with the Russians on two critical policies during the transition period. Whatever is behind all those black bars in the redacted section, it’s a sure thing that in this case it’s not about bank fraud and ostrich-skin vests. Just yesterday, two of Flynn’s associates were charged with illegally working as foreign agents for Turkey and conspiring to kidnap a US resident cleric and hand him over for almost certain execution. These charges are not on Flynn’s sentencing documents precisely because Robert Mueller thought that the information Flynn had available was valuable enough to avoid decades behind bars—for both Flynn and his son. Yes, Flynn is receiving a light sentence for lying to the FBI. But that’ not the deal. The deal is that he’s not the great majority of his crimes at all. In response to the “perjury trap” claim, the FBI has turned over documents detailing Flynn’s questioning to remove any thought that there was a set-up. Though the idea that a three star general should have to be reminded that lying to the FBI on criminal matters is itself a crime is ridiculous on its face.  Almost as ridiculous as the claim is for Trump. As for what Flynn has to say in court. He likely will say “Yes” when asked by the judge. And that’s all.

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Oil will skyrocket to $300 if OPEC-Russia alliance disbanded, Saudi institute claims

Without the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) the world will lose its safety net that stabilizes the oil market from supply disruptions and other shocks, according to Saudi independent energy think tank. Read Full Article at RT.com
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Oil will skyrocket to $300 if OPEC-Russia alliance disbanded, Saudi institute claims

Without the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) the world will lose its safety net that stabilizes the oil market from supply disruptions and other shocks, according to Saudi independent energy think tank. Read Full Article at RT.com

Goldman Sachs faces criminal charges in Malaysia for helping billions vanish from state fund

Malaysia filed criminal charges against Goldman Sachs and two ex-bankers over the multi-billion dollar looting of state fund, 1MDB. The US bank denies the accusation, claiming it was deceived by the previous Malaysian government. Read Full Article at RT.com
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Goldman Sachs faces criminal charges in Malaysia for helping billions vanish from state fund

Malaysia filed criminal charges against Goldman Sachs and two ex-bankers over the multi-billion dollar looting of state fund, 1MDB. The US bank denies the accusation, claiming it was deceived by the previous Malaysian government. Read Full Article at RT.com

SpaceX, Blue Origin postpone launches within minutes of each other - CNET

Tuesday's missions are scrubbed, but a Falcon 9 rocket remains set to hoist a military satellite and a New Shepard will lift several experiments to space as soon as Wednesday.
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SpaceX, Blue Origin postpone launches within minutes of each other - CNET

Tuesday's missions are scrubbed, but a Falcon 9 rocket remains set to hoist a military satellite and a New Shepard will lift several experiments to space as soon as Wednesday.

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Sphero is finished making Star Wars products

Sphero’s on-going deals are about more than just priming the pump for the holidays. The Colorado robotic toy startup is also in the process of cleaning out inventory of what are now be marked “legacy” products on its site. All of the Disney licensed pro
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Sphero is finished making Star Wars products

Sphero’s on-going deals are about more than just priming the pump for the holidays. The Colorado robotic toy startup is also in the process of cleaning out inventory of what are now be marked “legacy” products on its site. All of the Disney licensed products now carry a “THIS IS A LEGACY PRODUCT AND NO […]

As NAACP kicks off boycott, Facebook says content moderation, infrastructure changes are coming in 2019

Facebook’s ongoing efforts to repair its image as a greedy, neglectful accessory to the spread of misinformation and other nefarious practices has taken a turn to civil rights and specifically how it serves non-white users, which proportionately accoun
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As NAACP kicks off boycott, Facebook says content moderation, infrastructure changes are coming in 2019

Facebook’s ongoing efforts to repair its image as a greedy, neglectful accessory to the spread of misinformation and other nefarious practices has taken a turn to civil rights and specifically how it serves non-white users, which proportionately account for the social network’s most active members. Today — the first day of #LogOutFacebook, a week-long boycott of […]

AT&T is turning on 5G access for its new mobile hotspot this week

A little taste of 5G is coming early, courtesy of AT&T’s new mobile hotspot. The carrier announced this morning that it will be firing up limited 5G service in a dozen cities across the U.S. this Friday, currently only accessible via the Netgear Nightha
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AT&T is turning on 5G access for its new mobile hotspot this week

A little taste of 5G is coming early, courtesy of AT&T’s new mobile hotspot. The carrier announced this morning that it will be firing up limited 5G service in a dozen cities across the U.S. this Friday, currently only accessible via the Netgear Nighthawk 5G Mobile Hotspot. Announced in October, the device actually hit the […]

Twitter warned of phone country code leak two years ago — but did nothing, security researcher says

A security researcher found a bug in Twitter’s support form two years ago that exposed the country codes of phone numbers attached to user’s accounts. At the time, his bug report was closed as it did “not appear to present a significant secu
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Twitter warned of phone country code leak two years ago — but did nothing, security researcher says

A security researcher found a bug in Twitter’s support form two years ago that exposed the country codes of phone numbers attached to user’s accounts. At the time, his bug report was closed as it did “not appear to present a significant security risk.” Twitter now says that the bug may have been abused by […]

Cisco to acquire silicon photonics chip maker Luxtera for $660 million

As networks get put under increasing pressure from ever-growing amounts of data, network equipment manufacturers are facing huge challenges to increase data transmissions speeds over further distances. As a premiere networking equipment company, Cisco wants t
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Cisco to acquire silicon photonics chip maker Luxtera for $660 million

As networks get put under increasing pressure from ever-growing amounts of data, network equipment manufacturers are facing huge challenges to increase data transmissions speeds over further distances. As a premiere networking equipment company, Cisco wants to be prepared to meet that demand. Today, it opened up its checkbook and announced its intent to acquire Luxtera […]

Seismic scores $100 million Series E investment on $1 billion valuation

Seismic has been helping companies create and manage their sales and marketing collateral since 2010. Today the company announced a $100 million Series E investment on a $1 billion valuation. The round was led by Lightspeed Venture Partners and T Rowe Price.
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Seismic scores $100 million Series E investment on $1 billion valuation

Seismic has been helping companies create and manage their sales and marketing collateral since 2010. Today the company announced a $100 million Series E investment on a $1 billion valuation. The round was led by Lightspeed Venture Partners and T Rowe Price. Existing investors General Atlantic, JMI Equity and Jackson Square Ventures also participated in […]

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Bethesda Brings The 1997 Doom Miniatures Back From Hell

I know I didn’t expect the sheer gory glory of Doom 2016 to resurrect the legendary first-person shooter franchise in such a huge way. But it seems like Bethesda didn’t expect this either. […] The post Bethesda Brings The 1997 Doom Miniatures Back F
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Bethesda Brings The 1997 Doom Miniatures Back From Hell

I know I didn’t expect the sheer gory glory of Doom 2016 to resurrect the legendary first-person shooter franchise in such a huge way. But it seems like Bethesda didn’t expect this either. […] The post Bethesda Brings The 1997 Doom Miniatures Back From Hell appeared first on Geek.com.

This Cuddly, ‘Affectionate’ Robot Is Designed to Love Humans

Sure, you can chat to Alexa, but you can’t really cuddle with it. Japanese startup GROOVE X, which was founded by a former SoftBank Robotics employee, has opened pre-orders for the Lovot, a […] The post This Cuddly, ‘Affectionate’ Robo
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This Cuddly, ‘Affectionate’ Robot Is Designed to Love Humans

Sure, you can chat to Alexa, but you can’t really cuddle with it. Japanese startup GROOVE X, which was founded by a former SoftBank Robotics employee, has opened pre-orders for the Lovot, a […] The post This Cuddly, ‘Affectionate’ Robot Is Designed to Love Humans appeared first on Geek.com.

Carnival: Passenger reported missing on cruise from Alabama

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - Carnival Cruise Line says a passenger is missing on a cruise ship from Alabama. Carnival tells news outlets in a statement that the male passenger was reported missing as the Carnival Fantasy was bound for Progreso, Mexico. The ship is on
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Carnival: Passenger reported missing on cruise from Alabama

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - Carnival Cruise Line says a passenger is missing on a cruise ship from Alabama. Carnival tells news outlets in a statement that the male passenger was reported missing as the Carnival Fantasy was bound for Progreso, Mexico. The ship is on a five-day cruise and left ...

Denver airport first to use new TSA full-body scanner

DENVER (AP) — Transportation Security Administration at Denver International Airport is using a new technology that allows travelers to keep their hands at their side when screened at security checkpoints. The Colorado Sun reports airport CEO Kim Day sa
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Denver airport first to use new TSA full-body scanner

DENVER (AP) — Transportation Security Administration at Denver International Airport is using a new technology that allows travelers to keep their hands at their side when screened at security checkpoints. The Colorado Sun reports airport CEO Kim Day says the Denver airport is the first in the country to pilot ...

The Ultimate Super Smash Bros. Character Guide: Sonic

Sonic The Hedgehog Has Got To Go Fast Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is huge. Not just in terms of hype and importance and sales potential, but just in terms of sheer stuff. The […] The post The Ultimate Super Smash Bros. Character Guide: Sonic appeared fir
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The Ultimate Super Smash Bros. Character Guide: Sonic

Sonic The Hedgehog Has Got To Go Fast Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is huge. Not just in terms of hype and importance and sales potential, but just in terms of sheer stuff. The […] The post The Ultimate Super Smash Bros. Character Guide: Sonic appeared first on Geek.com.

Auction Preview: Fine Art at New Orientation Gallery, New York, Dec 23

What: Fine ArtWhere: New Orientation Gallery, 40 West 25th Street Suite 116, New York, NY, USAWhen: December 23, 10.00 AM ESTTop lots of the sale:- Gold Carved Katydid-Shaped Ornament. Length: 9.2 cm; Width: 3.5 cm; Height: 3.2 cm Weight: 29 g; Length: 7.3 cm
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Auction Preview: Fine Art at New Orientation Gallery, New York, Dec 23

What: Fine ArtWhere: New Orientation Gallery, 40 West 25th Street Suite 116, New York, NY, USAWhen: December 23, 10.00 AM ESTTop lots of the sale:- Gold Carved Katydid-Shaped Ornament. Length: 9.2 cm; Width: 3.5 cm; Height: 3.2 cm Weight: 29 g; Length: 7.3 cm; Width: 3.5 cm; Height: 2.4 cm Weight: 28 g. Estimate: $ 40,000 - $ 50,000- Tang Tri-Color Horse Riding Terra Cotta. Height: 38 cm; Length: 33 cm. Estimate: $ 25,000 - $ 30,000- Copper Gilding Animal-Face-Tripod Incense Furnance with Jade Inclaid Height: 16 cm; Distance Between Ears: 24 cm; Caliber: 15.2 cm; Weight: 2500 g. Estimate: $ 20,000 - $ 30,000- A Pair of Tang Dynasty Painted White Pottery Mythical Creatures Statue Height: 70 cm; Width: 33 cm Height: 73 cm; Width: 35 cm. Estimate: $ 20,000 - $ 25,000- Copper Gilding Guanyu Sitting Statue. Height: 37 cm; Width: 25 cm. Estimate: $ 20,000 - $ 30,000- Old Iron Bodhisattva Sitting Statue. Height: 32 cm; Width: 14 cm. Estimate: $ 20,000 - $ 25,000- Wu Guanzhong Oil Painting. Length: 110 cm; Width: 64 cm. Estimate: $ 20,000 - $ 30,000- Dragon Pattern Two Auxiliary Handles Bronze Bottle. Height: 11.5 cm; Caliber: 4.1 cm; Weight: 427 g. Estimate: $ 20,000 - $ 30,000- A Pair of Bronze Cow-Shaped Ornament Cross with Gold and Silver. Height: 9 cm; Length: 11.5 cm; Weight: 856 g. Estimate: $ 15,000 - $ 25,000- Copper Gilding Bodhisattva Statue. Height: 25 cm; Width: 16.5 cm; Weight: 2562 g. Estimate: $ 15,000 - $ 20,000- Qing Dynasty Gold Pavilion Shaped Eardrop. Length: 9.6 cm; Weight: 36 g. Estimate: $ 10,000 - $ 15,000- Tang Tri-color. Yellow Glazed War Horse Terra Cotta. Height: 30 cm; Length: 31 cm. Estimate: $ 10,000 - $ 15,000For details, visit: https://www.invaluable.com/Click on the slideshow for the highlights of the sale.http://www.blouinartinfo.com/Founder: Louise Blouin 

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Skip Bayless: Nick Foles operates the Eagles' offense better than Carson Wentz

Skip Bayless talks NFL on today's show. Hear why he thinks that the Philadelphia Eagles offense is better off with Nick Foles over Carson Wentz.
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Skip Bayless: Nick Foles operates the Eagles' offense better than Carson Wentz

Skip Bayless talks NFL on today's show. Hear why he thinks that the Philadelphia Eagles offense is better off with Nick Foles over Carson Wentz.

McLaren: No regrets over «expensive» Honda split

Following three difficult years with the Japanese manufacturer, McLaren elected to make the switch to become Renault customers for 2018. The decision is believed to have cost McLaren as much as a net $100 million - thanks to losing Honda's free engines and fi
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McLaren: No regrets over «expensive» Honda split

Following three difficult years with the Japanese manufacturer, McLaren elected to make the switch to become Renault customers for 2018. The decision is believed to have cost McLaren as much as a net $100 million - thanks to losing Honda's free engines and financial backing, plus having to pay for Renault's power units. The move also exposed weaknesses within the McLaren organisation as the ... Keep reading

Special Once? Mourinho's box-office career takes new twist

From a translator to a 'Special One' to being yesterday's man in some people's eyes: Jose Mourinho has been box office gold from the start
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Special Once? Mourinho's box-office career takes new twist

From a translator to a 'Special One' to being yesterday's man in some people's eyes: Jose Mourinho has been box office gold from the start

Ray Rice: ‘I’m done with football,’ talks domestic violence

Former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice says he's not speaking out against domestic violence as a way to rejoin the NFL
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Ray Rice: ‘I’m done with football,’ talks domestic violence

Former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice says he's not speaking out against domestic violence as a way to rejoin the NFL

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